Saturday, April 4, 2009

Grand Rapids to Get New Mountain Bike Track

young BMX riders
(photo Grand Rapids press)
based on a news article in the Grand Rapids Press, "Grand Rapids mountain bike trial, skills area to be built this summer around BMX park," by Howard Myerson, Apr 4, 2009

A mountain bike trail and skills area are planned for the former southwest Little League site in Grand Rapids, at 580 Kirtland. This is already the location of a BMX bike track operated by Helmet-On.

Michigan Mountain Bikers and Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation department have been working toward this day for three years. The trail is slated to become a reality in May. The park will explore new territory for Grand Rapids in more ways than one. The trail will be maintained by the Michigan Mountain Bikers Association (MMBA), in a cooperative agreement between the city and volunteers.

MMBA President,Nate Phelps, the former president of the West Michigan chapter of Michigan Mountain Bikers Association, said it will be a win-win situation for cyclists and the city. "We're going to build a little skill section with things like a log pile and rock garden that riders can bypass, a short trail, maybe a mile-and-half long and double lane pump track." The new trail will be built around an existing BMX trail creating an multi-purpose bicycle park.

$15,000 of in-kind support will come from the International Mountain Biking Association which offers assistance for projects it calls "Gateway Trails," or trails built in urban settings.

"The Midwest Mountain Biking Summit will be held in Grand Rapids on May 28-31," Phelps said. "We want the pump track to be done by that time."

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